Moscow Nightlife

St. Petersburg may be known as Russia's cultural capital, but Moscow easily rivals its northern neighbor. Ballet at the Bolshoi, concerts at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and theaters packed for Chekhov plays are among the highlights of the intense arts scene in this city with dozens of theaters and concert halls and many prestigious acting schools. From raucous, boho joints like Kitaisky Lyotchik

to sophisticated "minigarch" (wannabe oligarch) hangouts, Moscow's nightlife scene has a little bit of something for everyone. Almost all the major hotels have upscale bars: those at the Baltschug Kempinski, Ararat Park Hyatt, and Golden Ring are elegant and have majestic views of the city. But you'll likely have more fun if you head out on the town and taste a little Russian hedonism, be it sipping a cocktail on the rooftop at Rolling Stone or jumping about to a guitar band at Krizis Zhanra. For those after something calmer, there are several English-style pubs like Sixteen Tons that are great for a quiet pint and a bite to eat.

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With its homely atmosphere, film nights, and tasty food, this club has become the top refuge of Moscow's gay and lesbian community and...


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Young, creative types frequent this smoky bar-club-bookshop, which also has inexpensive food, live rock and pop music, and weekend club...

Club Che

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A Latin American–theme involves occasional live Latino music, though music is usually provided by DJs playing Eurodance. Drink service...


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A cavernous venue with free entry and cheap drinks, which caters to lovers of reggae, funk, and soul. ...


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Live musicians perform songs from the Soviet era at this enormous retro eatery with a big choice of beers, including its own brand. The...

Karma Bar

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R&B and hip hop hits, live music, and hookah pipes make this club a popular night spot for expats and Russian alike. Lenient face...

Kitaiysky Lyotchik Jao Da

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Live music and tasty, affordable food draw a bohemian crowd to this cellar, whose name translates as "Chinese Pilot." ...

Krizis Zhanra

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An easygoing but stylish clientele fills this café-bar. In the evenings, the staff pushes away the tables to create a small dance floor.

Papa's Place

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Themed nights, daily happy hours, and disco music ensure there is always a party atmosphere at this lively club. Entrance is free during...


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This is probably the city's most reliable club for trendy, yet laid-back crowds and good DJs. It's the place to be on Thursday night.